SME2017 Seminar Programme

SEMINAR 1

SME is bringing together 105 expert speakers over the two days to offer insight, case studies, panel sessions and more addressing the opportunities and challenges SMEs face when scaling up and how to deal with them like a champion and develop your strategy for success.

The seminar programme will offer inspiration, innovation, motivation and the spark to help develop your businesses growth strategy as well as hands-on practical sessions delivering take home knowledge you can put into play the very next day.

 

Free to attend

All seminars are free to attend. You do not need to book and you are welcome to join in and sit in as many sessions as you wish. The notes will be made available to you after the event.

 

Format of the seminar programme

SEMINAR 2

There are 7 seminar theatres:

  • Finance
  • Funding
  • Business IT
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Outsourcing
  • The Keynote Theatre

 

Start times and duration

All sessions start on the hour, and run every hour throughout the 2 days.

The seminars are approximately 30 minutes long and are followed by a Q&A from the audience.

So, get your questions in and meet the speakers on the day!

 

Themes for the seminar theatre content

The full schedule of speakers and sessions will be sent to registered visitors – make sure you register now.

Here is a taster of what you can learn over the two days…

 

Patrick Magee - British Business Bank

Patrick Magee – British Business Bank

FINANCE SEMINAR THEATRE

  • Finance to scale up
  • Staying ahead and funding innovation
  • The different types of finance
  • The different types of lenders
  • Working with the right lender or investor

 

 

 

 

Suresh Patel - Birmingham-Council

Suresh Patel – Birmingham-Council

FUNDING SEMINAR THEATRE

  • Access to finance
  • Knowing what grants are available
  • Developing relationships with funders
  • Getting investment ready

 

 

 

 

Theo Priestley - SAP

Theo Priestley – SAP

BUSINESS IT SEMINAR THEATRE

  • Digital transformation
  • Reduce capex by leveraging SAAS/Cloud
  • Technology that scales with growth
  • Smarter technologies
  • Leveraging data – Big Data, Data sharing, Insights, Analytics, AI
  • Managed services

 

 

Simon Jacobson - Microsoft

Simon Jacobson – Microsoft

MARKETING SEMINAR THEATRE

  • Data driven approaches
  • Using research effectively
  • Getting the creative message right
  • Maximising media spend
  • Optimising engagement with social media
  • Improved performance management through analytics

 

 

Tony Seaton - BLUE SKY

Tony Seaton – BLUE SKY

ACCOUNTING SEMINAR THEATRE

  • Mitigating and controlling risk
  • Strategic accounting to plan growth
  • Utilising the latest accounting software
  • Improved tax efficiency
  • Regulatory updates

 

 

 

 

Tony Billsborough - Beattie

Tony Billsborough – Beattie

OUTSOURCING SEMINAR THEATRE

  • Bringing in high level expertise, knowledge, experience
  • Faster scaling up
  • Mitigate risk in the growth strategy and execution
  • Sourcing the right partners & people
  • Access to new networks & contacts

 

 

 

Emma Jones MBE - Enterprise Nation

Emma Jones MBE – Enterprise Nation

The SME2017 KEYNOTE THEATRE

  • Major developments for SMEs in the Midlands
  • A look ahead at future initiatives
  • Inspiration and innovation to succeed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OPENING TIMES
3rd October : 10AM – 5PM
4th October : 10AM – 4PM

ADDRESS
The NEC
Birmingham
B40 1NT

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